The Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament of the Bible tells us three wise men visited the newborn Christ in Bethlehem, presenting the King of Kings with gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
Some members of the cloth in metropolitan St. Louis would have you believe Ferguson is a suitable location for a modern-day Bethlehem, with the gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh replaced with the more appropriate presents of Swisher Sweets, Arizona Watermelon Fruit Juice Cocktail and Skittles. [Engage Christ in prayer and promote justice, Ferguson priest urges attendees at Mass, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11-16-14]:
FERGUSON • About 120 people who attended a Mass for peace and justice Sunday morning at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Church here were challenged to do more than just pray about the unrest in their community.
The Rev. Robert “Rosy” Rosebrough compared the attention on Ferguson with the focus on the small town of Bethlehem after Jesus Christ was born there in a manger.
“All of the world media has started to come back to Ferguson, waiting for the grand jury decision,” he said. “They want to know what we are going to do, whatever the decision is.”
Rosebrough urged churchgoers to take Jesus “out of the manger and into our hearts, not just in prayer but in effecting justice,” particularly as it relates to education. The parish includes four school districts — Riverview Gardens, Normandy, Ferguson-Florissant and Hazelwood.
“When children have a good education, they have a chance to make a difference,” he said. “How do we as parishioners of Blessed Teresa help effect changes in education?”
Rosebrough said Ferguson could be a new Bethlehem, an example of people who “stretch their arms out to the needy and make a difference through their actions.”
Ferguson as a new Bethlehem?Blessed Teresa of Calcutta and another Ferguson parish, Our Lady of Guadalupe, dedicated their Masses Sunday to the peace and justice message. Catholics from other parishes were invited to attend one of those Masses to show support for the community.
Perhaps this 67 percent black suburb of St. Louis (strangely, the city was 100 percent white in 1970, begging the question of what attracted blacks to migrate to the Ferguson in the first place...) can be the Tigris and Euphrates of a new civilization, birthed from the ruins of a failed experiment that would continue to have us believe Michael Brown is a suitable replacement for ol' J.C.
So in honor of Officer Darren Wilson, SBPDL encourages you to go out and participate in the continued deification of Michael Brown by joining in a 21st century reenactment of those three wise men who long ago traversed the Middle East, "bearing gifts we travel so far": buy some Swisher Sweets cigars (sorry, no strong-arm robbing your local convenience worker), a bag of Skittles, and an Arizona Watermelon Ice Tea.
Pay homage to our new King of Kings!